I finally came to accept that Juno is never going to be done.  There's always going to be another project. And, that sooner or later I have to get on the road "imperfect".  Don't chuckle so hard, this was difficult for me to come to terms with!

So, sooner is better than later.  Next week a shakedown cruise over to Tennessee and then that weekend, if all goes well, I'll get on the road west.

She's currently at the new mechanic's for a last bit of work.  My mechanic didn't have the equipment to get her lifted to take care of the rear main seals–my new mechanic didn't lift her either, but he's thirty years younger :-)  

Hopefully she'll be back tomorrow but it's been one of those things - seals came in wrong twice and then, because the place I found to do this work manages a fleet, fleet emergencies get priority.  They are at least checking out my tires to save me that trip to the tire store to make up for the delays.  The PO said they were new, and I think if I'm reading the DOT number right they are, but I want to be sure and also have them check the inside duallies as well.  Also weirdly, the RV fixit place recommended a tire pressure that, after doing some research, turns out to be underinflated, so having that corrected.  Door says 60, tires have 80 psi max, and since I don't know my weight and we're going into winter the consensus seems to be 65.  The RV place had set them at 55...  There's one of those weigh/scale opportunities at an event in Kansas-if I can make it there before the 18th I can get Juno properly weighed, all four corners, and will adjust from there.  

The new mechanic also recommended I replace all my ball joints because the boots are cracked - big expense that would have had me dipping into my emergency fund before even getting on the road so I went back to my old mechanic and asked why he didn't recommend it.  I decided after talking it over with him I'm just going to keep them greased until I need to replace them (the joints themselves are showing no signs of wear - it's just the boots for now).  If I'd had extra money in my budget I might have gone ahead and had them replaced but for now just going to keep an eye on them.  Hey - if Pippi Peterson can wield a grease gun, so can I.  Um, just as soon as I figure out where to grease exactly...:-)

So down to the short list ... things like replace the awning saver (already have a hole in new awning as I thought the rv place fixed it and apparently that didn't happen - oops) and add the ability to secure the camper chair while in transit.  There's more than that, but things in that vein.

Last weekend I washed her, went over her completely with a couple of clay bars and then nu-finished her. My arms about fell off, but at the end of it she looks much peppier than before.  So far have been unable to find the right size rigid insert trim (screw cover trim) to go around the genny bay and the door.  If anyone has any ideas let me know?  Seems I found something close but it costs $15 to ship and it's not close enough for me to want to take a chance.  Any alternatives to that stuff?  Just silicone seal the screws and leave it alone?

I'd hoped to have interior shots and a video by now, but best laid plans...!!

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Comment by Dawn Michelle on September 29, 2017 at 5:33pm

Thanks!  She won't be winning any awards, but she'll be clean and tidy.

Yay, she's finally back from the mechanics and we started on the last items on the list.  Found some things to add to it. Hazards aren't working, and they were, so hoping i just have a jiggly fuse since the mechanic futzed around a little with the electric.  The nonworking reverse light is going to take more research, though - actually looks like some wires aren't coming through to the plate that contacts with the bulb (comparing that to the working one) which means removing the whole housing.  May leave that til after I get where I'm going.  I still have that front parking light problem I haven't run down so can tackle those two the same weekend.

Awning saver took a bit of creative thinking to install, and it isn't the prettiest, but looks like it will work.  As far as the screen door don't see how in the world that little plastic disk was going to be affixed.  Supposed to screw but no way it was going to go where it shows.  Ended up jb welding it but then ended up too low so grumble, I am going to have to be very careful with that.  If I get the awning up high enough not an issue but of course there's always the day I'm not paying attention!!

Next three days are going to be busy while I finish up loose ends but there's a nice little campsite overlooking a reservoir as my reward!

Comment by Rich Thomas on September 29, 2017 at 11:09am

Your rig looks nice Dawn. On the projects, it's no different than a house or your car, there is always something to fix, adjust or replace. Have fun with Juno  and safe travels.

Comment by Gary Rowe on September 28, 2017 at 11:36pm

Looks great Dawn

Comment by Russ Johnson on September 28, 2017 at 7:42pm

WOW, Dawn, she really shined up nicely. Do not use silicone, it will leave a film/residue that is all but impossible to remove. Personally I would use Dicor non-self-leveling caulk to cover the screws. The places that the MMP's trim is missing and I painted those areas with white Rustoleum spray paint. Gives it that redneck look LOL. But seriously, it protects them, controls the rust, and will not interfere when I finally get around to having it painted.



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